Tonya Lee

Tonya Lee is a freelance writer and designer who specializes in encouraging others to make the most of their homes within a tight budget.


  • More than 20 years of experience in the industry
  • Specializes in budget decorating, and has written on it for over three years


Tonya Lee wrote decor articles for The Spruce for about 3.5 years. She has worked as publisher, editor, writer, and designer. She got her start in college by staging window displays for a small home decor store. She has also worked as a freelance artist and has handpainted tile murals for a number of homes, including Jerry Van Dyke’s residence.


Lee obtained a dual bachelor's degree in Ceramics and Visual Communications, but most of her education came from life, mainly from marrying an architect. Lee and her husband have completely remodeled every single house they have ever owned themselves.

Expertise: DIY, interior decorating

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce reaches 32 million people each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy advice by certified experts for your home and garden.

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